This photo makes me smile every time - Jane's expression is a classic

This photo makes me smile every time - Jane's expression is a classic

Posed wedding photography can be stunning – but today this natural picture of Jane’s brilliant smile from under a sea of umbrellas with rain pouring down is so wonderful, I love it!

There’s so much to this Beeston Manor wedding I didn’t know what to call the blog post. I could have started with the lovely purple theme and details: the quirky bouquet made of satin roses, buttons and beads, interwoven with family heirlooms is gorgeous.

The bridal bouquet made of ribbon roses, buttons, jewels and beads

The bridal bouquet made of ribbon roses, buttons, jewels and beads

Then there’s the first dance and the time when Chris picked up his trombone to play with the band, to Jane’s surprise and delight! I absolutely adore special moments like this and the photographs capture the moment beautifully.

Jane's wedding shoes - I love the lace trim

Jane's wedding shoes - I love the lace trim

The wedding theme was purple. Jane and her bridesmaids made an early start with the colour scheme!

The wedding theme was purple. Jane and her bridesmaids made an early start with the colour scheme!


Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent is pleased to announce the launch of their online Honeymoon Gift List Service.

The service offers wedding guests the opportunity to contribute towards a couple’s honeymoon by purchasing a specific experience or making a more general contribution.

Couples visiting the online service can order a ‘Honeymoon Destination Planner’ which highlights month by month some of Abercrombie & Kent’s favourite luxury honeymoon destinations and properties around the world.

This new interactive service, coordinated by an experienced travel specialist, will offer the bride and groom a personalised honeymoon itinerary, discretely available online to wedding guests using a password, and the ability to send messages and thank you notes to family and friends attending the wedding.

On return from their honeymoon, they receive an Abercrombie & Kent honeymoon album, detailing the gifts, contributions and messages.

Justin Wateridge, Managing Director of Abercrombie & Kent said “At Abercrombie & Kent we pride ourselves on offering a truly memorable travel experience. Our new facility offers an easy, relaxed and accessible way for family and friends to contribute towards a honeymoon and for their messages to be included in the lasting honeymoon album”.


I’ve heard there was a big wedding show in That London this weekend. Sounds brilliant – the Designer Wedding Show. Ah… I wish I could have been there with all the coolest wedding suppliers and UK wedding bloggers out in force!

The Designer Wedding Show

Instead, while everyone was doing the DWS this weekend I was at home in sunny Manchester (yes! sunny!) doing some Pondering. Specifically about creative weddings, the influences in the wedding industry and pressures on brides to have certain things on their wedding days.

Planning a creative wedding

At the ideas stage of wedding planning I think the world is your oyster. It’s easy to dream – and every bride and groom should enjoy this stage of planning. Influences are everywhere: wedding magazines, blogs and websites especially.

A creative wedding in London. Photo credit:

Budgeting for a less creative wedding

Dreams are put to one side when the spreadsheets come out, I think. You plan your wedding budget and begin to research the big purchases: you visit your wedding venues, chat with a photographer, try wedding dresses on. And these experiences all bring new influences into your wedding planning: not necessarily good ones!

Initial ideas..


Believe it or not, initially, all I wanted to do was run away to Gretna Green and tie the knot, no fuss, no big dress, but perhaps a big party at some point afterwards!

David and I have a young daughter, Vivienne, and always felt like a ‘unit’ anyway; we knew we would get married somewhere down the line, but it was certainly no priority and neither of us had a fantasy about a “big day” or a “fairytale wedding”. Then one sunny day on York river bank, David proposed and soon I found myself buying wedding magazines by the dozen and bookmarking anything bridal on the internet! (I don’t yet admit to being a Bridezilla, but there’s some sort of obsession going on..)

Poring over wedding material, I soon realised that, these days, “anything goes”. I didn’t have to wear a meringue dress, I didn’t have to be a princess for the day, David didn’t have to be my knight in shining armour wearing a stiff morning suit and a top hat.. we could be ourselves, get married and do everything exactly the way we wanted. Our priorities were: good music, good food and drink and good company, anything else could be a bonus.

First Post


Hello English-Wedding, I’m so excited to be writing here for the first time!

I can’t wait to share everything “wedding” with you all and hear what you think about plans, inspiration, ideas and how-to’s leading up to our day on the 30th July 2011. This is just a brief opening post as my fiance, David, and I are in the midst of boxes, brown tape and mess as we’re moving house this week, but I will be posting properly tonight and sharing a bit of initial inspiration and what we envisage our wedding to be and what we feel it’s all about.

Thanks to everyone who voted and helped rally-round to get others to help (even my grandma was posting “Vote for Sally’s” through anyone’s letterbox), it means to world for me to be given the opportunity to do this and I’m excited in anticipation to really get started! And to the lovely people at English-Wedding: thanks for having me!!

Sally xx


Well hello! I’ll get the gushy stuff out of the way first.

Well this is a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? Little old me? Blogging on English Wedding? I am honoured, flattered and just a little bit excited, that I get to share everything about my forthcoming wedding and marriage with all of you lovely readers! Thank you all for your votes and your kind support. I hope I can pass on what I have learnt by immersing myself in wedding talk and wedding blogs and wedding decisions – over the past 2o months I have spent engaged to Richard – about love, marriage, weddings and life!

I’m a very organised girl – sometimes a little too organised (you’ll find out why very soon) – and I have wedding spreadsheets. And I love them. (Although I can’t wait to delete them one day and feel total liberation!) However I’ll spare you the spreadsheets, and instead start every post with the number of days until I become a Mrs!

So, starting off with a very nice round number…


Diva Cakes and Red Floral unique wedding cake 3

Wedding cakes with added “Wow!” – I love seeing creative ideas for weddings and this is an absolute beauty. If you’re having any kind of wedding cake, make it a showstopper like these…

Diva Cakes and Red Floral unique wedding cake 2

Lisa from Diva Cakes got in touch following my articles about The Wedding Show at Tatton Park in January.

Lisa has done a lot of work with Mat from Red Floral – who you may remember was the star of the show! – and wondered if I would like to see some of the cakes she’d designed with Mat.

Would I?!!!

Diva Cakes and Red Floral unique wedding cake 1Diva Cakes definitely don’t disappoint. These wedding cakes are designed to be talked about, created with intricate attention to detail and beautifully creative.

Diva Cakes and Red Floral unique wedding cake 8I love the twists on each cake, and the flowers arranged around the edges make this a real visual spectacle. Would you dare take one from the display?!

Diva Cakes and Red Floral unique wedding cake 7Pure luxury wedding cake: nine tiers, beautiful cakes, creatively decorated. I love this.


Our Star Brides are here!

Thank you all so very much for your votes this week. The English Wedding blog has been buzzing! I can barely touch the keyboard without feeling a little sizzle in my fingers 🙂

Two worthy winners and lovely ladies I can’t wait to have as regular wedding bloggers here on English Wedding! I shouldn’t keep you waiting any longer, should I?! Here you go…

Sally and Salma – Congratulations!!! With 27% and 24% of the votes – well over 700 votes between you – your weddings have caught the imaginations of our readers.

I’m looking forward to hearing all about Sally’s country garden wedding and I can’t wait to find out more about her little retro quirky details… and seeing some photos and ideas which I know will inspire plenty of us!

And Salma’s focus on marriage, her rebellion against how the (old-fashioned side of the…) wedding industry makes us think – it’s what English Wedding is all about. Plus the musical aspects of Salma’s wedding… briliant!


Greg from TP Photography submitted something just a little different for the English Wedding blog, and I’d love to know what you think.

This is bridal photography as a collaboration between local wedding suppliers: the kind of teamwork which builds a close rapport between suppliers – and I love that these informal little teams are dotted all around the country.

The shoot involved the fabulous Green House Hotel – an eco-friendly wedding venue in Bournemouth, Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery and Cloudlight Photography,

Find a wedding photographer you love, and you’ll probably feel the same about the florists, cake companies and stationers they recommend to you as well.

For brides I think this shoot really highlights the importance of feeling confident about your photography – whether at your wedding or afterwards on a cherish or rock the dress shoot.


Style Me Pretty’s new Inspiration Board tool

I have to take my hat off to the Style Me Pretty team. They’ve created an outstanding wedding website over the years and it’s grown from strength to strength to strength… but today they’ve just taken the biscuit. All the biscuits. (Too many cliches? Sorry!)

Seriously though – I used to make inspiration boards for the English Wedding blog and they took ages. I loved doing them but searching for pictures, downloading them, knocking them all together in photoshop and saving them could take over an hour at a time. So I stopped.

And then – via facebook I’ve just seen Style Me Pretty’s new Inspiration board tool. And I made mine in – count ’em – 55 seconds. Yep.

I think it’s gorgeous. If you disagree, try making your own! (I’ll race you!!!)

Register with Style Me Pretty. Find a blog post or the little icon on their site to create your board. Use the search box to find images that fit – I typed in purple, rustic, nature and then did a couple of searches with their little colour chart. Bingo!


You might remember back in November on the English Wedding blog we revealed the secret of everlasting love – well, kinda: Alanna and Mike had travelled across the Americas interviewing couples in love and compiled a heartwarming film about the reasons relationships last.

They then set out across the UK to extend their quest and find the answer to the secret of a lasting relationship. Somehow they’ve ended up with a poem… a quirky and lighthearted reading which I wanted to share with you.

Relationship secrets from 1,000 British couples are captured in love poem

A new love poem based on advice from real couples from across the UK, written by popular British poet Luke Wright, was released today. The poem is the result of an incredible six week journey that has seen British couple Mike and Alanna Clear travel 1,500 miles across the country on a motorbike and sidecar, uncovering relationship secrets from more than 1,000 couples on behalf of

Goldsborough Hall wedding venue

Goldsborough Hall is a seventeenth century stately home in North Yorkshire. A former home of Princess Mary and a privately owned residence, Goldsborough Hall is a luxurious wedding venue licenced for civil ceremonies and available as an exclusive use venue for your big day.

Goldsborough Hall wedding venue

Goldsborough Hall wedding venue by

Photographs of Goldsborough Hall

Goldsborough Hall Yorkshire wedding photographer Rebecca Honeywell 5 Goldsborough Hall Yorkshire wedding photographer Rebecca Honeywell 5 Goldsborough Hall Yorkshire wedding photographer Rebecca Honeywell 5 Goldsborough Hall Yorkshire wedding photographer Rebecca Honeywell 5

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Wedding photographer Rebecca Honeywell’s review of Goldsborough Hall

Rebecca says, “Goldsborough Hall is a gorgeous stately home set in beautiful grounds, with views over the North Yorkshire countryside. Brides and grooms have the luxury of having the whole venue to themselves, with exclusive use of the house and grounds for the day – you feel like a king and queen!

I have the unique viewpoint of both wedding photographer and bride, as I was one of the first people to have my reception at Goldsborough Hall in July 2007. We chose the venue as we loved the grand yet intimate feel, and we were not disappointed. There are several luxurious bedrooms for the bride (and groom) to get ready in, complete with sunken baths overlooking the gardens!

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